Hy-Vee Warning Customers of Social Media Scam

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee, Inc. is warning customers of fraudulent grocery giveaways circulating on social media Friday.

The company says different giveaways offering $150 to customers with birthdays coming up have popped up on Facebook and Twitter in recent weeks.

“The giveaway is not affiliated with or supported by Hy-Vee, and customers are urged to not engage with the scam website or provide their personal information,” officials said.

The fraudulent posts have included unaffiliated URLs and contain grammatical errors or misspellings.

“We want our customers to know this giveaway is in no way affiliated with our company. We also want to educate them on the dangers posed by sharing and clicking on the post,” said Tara Deering-Hansen, group vice president of communications at Hy-Vee.

People who have accidentally clicked on the scam link and provided their personal information will want to scan their computer for viruses and malware and change any password information.

So in the future, if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.